Citizen, officer expose check lottery scam
After a Virginia resident reported a check lottery scam he received through the mail, Lt. Troy Steele thought he would give the scam artist a call.
Sitting from his desk at the Culpeper Police Department, in front of this reporter, Steele called Patrick La Pierre from HKJC Lotteries to find out what he would need to do to obtain his winnings of $125,000.
The winnings are supposedly from a Hong Kong Lottery but the person taking all phone calls related to the scam has a Canadian area code.
May 22, 2007, 11:23 am - Lottery News forum
Winning $250,000 lottery ticket to expire Monday
Virginia Lottery officials say time is running out for the person who bought a winning $250,000 ticket in Virginia Beach. That ticket is about to expire.
Someone bought a Mega Millions ticket for the October 17, 2006 drawing at Food Eagle at 2021 Independence Blvd. in Virginia Beach.
According to Virginia Lottery rules the ticket expires after 180 days, which will occur at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 16.
The winning numbers for that drawing were 06-18-20-28-38, and the Mega Ball numb ...
Apr 9, 2007, 6:46 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery adds Sunday drawings
In an effort to ward off losses to North Carolina, the Virginia Lottery is adding Sunday drawings, starting this weekend.
Competition south of the border will cut into Virginia Lottery profits this year, but new games could limit the losses to North Carolina.
You don't want to sit still and watch that flattening of sales occur, said Sheila Hill-Christian, executive director of the State Lottery Department.
The North Carolina lottery, started last year, could lop profits $50 million, d ...
Jan 5, 2007, 1:34 pm - Lottery News forum
Virginia: How the lottery has helped with your child's education
School days in Virginia most likely begin in a school improved by the Virginia Lottery.
When the lottery began in 1989, the profits went into the general fund.
That changed in 2000 when voters decided by constitutional law that all lottery profits must go to public schools K-12 education.
The recipient of that windfall has been taxpayers. Local governments have received millions over the years.
The sounds you hear behind the old Windsor Woods Elementary School in Virginia Beach are ...
Aug 25, 2006, 10:48 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Border Stores Take Hit From N.C. Lottery
Now that North Carolina has a lottery, residents with hopes of striking it rich don't have to head north to Virginia to buy tickets, and retail stores just across the line are feeling the effects.
Virginia lottery director Sheila Hill-Christian said the overall decline of 8 to 10 percent was expected. But she said her state's lottery will make changes in games and install state-of-the-art technology that should enable it to make up the loss within two years.
We'll overcome this, she said ...
Aug 11, 2006, 1:39 pm - Lottery News forum
New Virginia Lottery director appointed
Virginia Governor Timothy M. Kaine on Wednesday appointed a veteran Richmond city agency chief to head the Virginia Lottery.
Sheila Hill-Christian will take over the state agency that grossed sales of $1.3 billion in fiscal 2005 and yielded a record $423 million for state public schools.
She succeeds Donna VanCleave, who became the Lottery's interim director in June after Penelope Kyle, the agency director since 1994, was appointed president of Radford University.
Hill-Christian take ...
May 18, 2006, 7:09 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia Lottery looking for Lotto South winner
The Virginia Lottery has reported a winner in its Lotto South jackpot game. The winning $4 million ticket, which was sold near the North Carolina border, has yet to be claimed. Could someone have the winning ticket and not know it?
News of the unclaimed ticket spread like wildfire through Uppy's Store in Bracey. It been a few weeks since the winning Lotto South ticket number, 02-03-06-21-39-42, was sold there.
I'm kind of in a daze, because I thought you'd be checking every day to see if ...
Feb 9, 2006, 7:08 am - Lottery News forum
Three states replacing Lotto South game
Like a tired mule whose best days are behind him, Lotto South is being retired and a fresh workhorse brought in to pick up the production.The three-state lottery game, which began in September 2001, will be replaced next month by a new game that pays winners $1,000 a week for the rest of their lives, Virginia Lottery interim executive director Donna M. VanCleave said Thursday. Virginia's Lotto South partners, Kentucky and Georgia, also will participate in the new Win For Life game.Lotto South ...
Jan 12, 2006, 6:45 am - Lottery News forum
Virginia woman finally claims car won in lottery
It took Susan Horn of Dublin almost a year to claim the new car she won last October in the Virginia Lottery's RagTop Riches scratch-off game.But she showed up Thursday at Shelor Motor Mile in Christiansburg to receive her 2006 Ford Mustang GT convertible.Horn said the delay was not due to the lottery people. It wasn't them. It was me. I didn't collect it, she said. I didn't know what to do with it. She is still uncertain whether she will keep or sell it.But, sitting in it, she said, It sure ...
Sep 16, 2005, 6:21 am - Lottery News forum
Lottery law sets rivalry in motion
Get ready for the lottery border wars.With the North Carolina lottery bill signed into law by Gov. Mike Easley on Wednesday, lottery operators in surrounding states said they will fight to keep their share of a couple of hundred million dollars now being spent by Tar Heels in their states.Operators in South Carolina and Virginia say they plan to aggressively market their lotteries and to offer prizes that will make their lotteries more attractive than what will be offered by North Carolina.They ...
Sep 1, 2005, 2:17 pm - Lottery News forum